IRS watchdog ‘disturbed’ agency withheld documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The investigator who wrote a scathing report about the Internal Revenue Service targeting tea party groups says he is “disturbed” the agency withheld newly released documents showing progressive groups may also have been singled out…

Senate to debate transportation, housing budgets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are promising increases for popular community development grants, transit programs and housing for the poor as they bring the first spending bill for the 2014 fiscal year to the floor — despite a…
FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2007, file photo, Barbie dolls are seen at the Barbie Store in Buenos Aires. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file)

Barbie fights for her life

Barbie, long the reigning queen in the doll world, has suddenly been thrust into the battle of her life.…

Reality TV guru Mike Darnell joins Warner Bros. TV

NEW YORK (AP) — Warner Bros. Television Group says it has hired former Fox network reality chief Mike Darnell to serve as president of its unscripted and alternative programming. The company says Darnell will have oversight of first-run…

Murdoch: I used ‘wrong’ words in secret recording

LONDON (AP) — Rupert Murdoch has expressed regret for questioning the competence of police carrying out an investigation into wrongdoing at his U.K. newspapers, but says the probe has gone on too long. In a secretly taped recording…

NY judge blocks Sept. 11 claims against airlines

NEW YORK (AP) — The owners of the World Trade Center cannot demand billions of dollars more in insurance money for the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal judge decided Thursday. Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled after listening to witnesses…

Colo. judge won’t block recalls over gun votes

DENVER (AP) — A Denver judge refused Thursday to stop recall elections for two Colorado Democratic senators who supported gun restrictions, even though the lawmakers are challenging the validity of the petitions. Denver District Court Robert Hyatt ruled…

Trade chief says Pacific trade pact deal not easy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s top trade official said Thursday the goal of concluding a major trade agreement with Pacific Rim countries by the end of this year is difficult but “doable.” U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman…

Barbie fights for her life

NEW YORK (AP) — As far as catfights go, this is a doozy. Barbie, long the reigning queen in the doll world, has suddenly been thrust into the battle of her life. But Barbie’s competitors look nothing like…

Choices: Closer look at 2 plans for Dell’s future

Dell Inc. has delayed Thursday’s vote on founder Michael Dell’s plan to take the computer maker private. That’s a sign the board needs more time to rally support. Activist investor Carl Icahn and the Southeastern Asset Management fund,…

Egypt’s interim president vows to protect country

CAIRO (AP) — In his first address to the nation, Egypt’s interim leader Adly Mansour says he will protect the country against those who seek chaos and violence. In a pre-recorded message aired Thursday on state television, Mansour…

Oil hits 16-month high on good US economic data

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil shot to a 16-month high Thursday on signs the U.S. job market is improving, although not by enough to prompt the Federal Reserve to pull back on its bond-buying program.…

Egypt’s interim leader vows to protect nation

CAIRO (AP) — In his first address to the nation, Egypt’s interim leader Adly Mansour says he will protect the country against those who seek chaos and violence. In a pre-recorded message aired Thursday on state television, Mansour…

Ivorian leader: Nigeria pulling troops from Mali

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara says Nigeria is withdrawing some of its 1,200 troops in Mali to fight an Islamic uprising back home. The announcement comes 10 days before elections in Mali, which is…

Panama holds ex-CIA officer in rendition

ROME (AP) — A former CIA base chief in Italy who was convicted in the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a street in Milan has been detained in Panama, the Italian justice ministry said Thursday.…